G. James

G. James

Grace James, Entertainment Writer

Everyone knows or has seen Disney’s 1992 “Aladdin.” However, a new project has sparked the movie industry. A 2019 version of the proclaimed classic is already done with production and is said to hit movie theaters May 24, 2019. Unlike the 1992 version, the new movie that is still affiliated with Disney is a live action version. This means the beloved Genie will be played by an actor (of course with the help of some special effects).

Being a live action movie, “Aladdin” is said to follow the storyline fans so adore. With 50 year old British director, Guy Ritchie, a Disney movie about a street urchin who befriends a genie doesn’t come to mind. Ritchie is best known for his nail biting thrillers and action packed films. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Ritchie says, “My skills and experience could add enough to make it feel fresh and worth it, but not so much so that it would wash away nostalgia.” Not only will the new “Aladdin” bring kids to the box office, but also adults. Afterall, who wouldn’t want to see the Fresh Prince of Bel Air (Will Smith) play Genie?

Along with the comedic Will Smith, Frank Welker who is best known for his roles in “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the 1992 “Aladdin”, will be playing Abu. Canadian actor Mena Massoud and “New Girl’s” Nasim Pedrad will take the leads as Aladdin and Princess Jasmine. When it came to casting, Ritchie instantly imagined genie as a “muscular 1970’s dad” and Smith’s charisma fit the part perfectly. Smith credited his character portrayal of Genie to the beloved Robin Williams, who originally played everyone’s blue best friend in 1992.

May might be along time away, but it will definitely be worth the wait to see the live action version of “Aladdin.” With plenty special effects, amazing set (going as far as creating the fictional town Agrabah ), stunning props, dazzling costumes, and award winning actors, the movie is in the making of becoming a classic that will be remembered from generations to come.